All Tech and All Fun at STEAM Works Studio

BY  |  Monday, Sep 26, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

steam1Modern tech has gone a long way in making science education more fun for kids, and the new STEAM Works Studio in Livingston is bringing all the fun of robots, cartoons, Minecraft and more to its science, technology, engineering, arts and math classes.

STEAM Works launched its classes and camps in Princeton for kids 6-16, and recently has expanded with branches in Livingston, Parsippany, Edison and Bayonne. The menu of offerings reads like a cross-section of everything today’s kids love to do.

For kids in kindergarten through 3rd grade, STEAM Works has Nano Bots, which uses computer-connected LEGOs to teach kids the basics of robotics and coding. My son worked with his lab partners to build a motorized alligator that they hooked up to a laptop. Following along with a character-driven video, they used a simple block interface to program the alligator’s jaw to open and close on cue.

Older kids can take those basic STEAM concepts and move forward in a few different directions: Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Fall Festival, Storytime, Sketch Fun and More!

BY  |  Friday, Sep 23, 2016 8:26am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here again! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in the area.

Weekend Family Highlights: Fall Festival, Storytime, Sketch Fun and More!Visit Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. This week’s guest is Jan Carr, author of Toe Shoe Mouse, a story of a mouse who takes refuge in a grand old theater and falls in love with dance. Continue Reading

Giveaway: The Princess and the Pea at SOPAC!

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


The beloved Hans Christian Anderson tale, The Princess and the Pea, comes to life on the South Orange Performing Arts Center stage on October 15 at 2 p.m. This fun, and funny, musical tells the story of a Princess who is introduced to the King and Queen’s court just in time to vie for the Prince. However, her arrival in a rainstorm leaves the Queen to doubt her worthiness as a match for her son. This story of acceptance and love and, of course, a ‘Pea’ will prove that staying true to who you are is the key to true happiness. Continue Reading

Montclair BOE: High School Student Transportation Issues, Interim Appointments

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 8:33am  |  COMMENTS (13)

Montclair Interim Schools Superintendent Ronald Bolandi and Board of Education President Jessica de Koninck presided over a short school board meeting on September 19.  The meeting was sparsely attended, but a student managed to get a lively discussion going about school transportation during public comment.

The Montclair Board of Education

The Montclair Board of Education

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Don’t Miss The 4th Annual Mountie Pride Fun Run, Sunday, September 25!

BY  |  Monday, Sep 19, 2016 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Break out your running shoes ready and join neighbors, teachers, and students for the 4th annual, community-wide Mountie Pride Fun Run, a fun 5K run/1 mile walk to help raise funds for Montclair High School athletes and athletics programs.

“The Mountie Pride Fun Run has been a terrific event, almost like a pep rally, to kick off the athletic year. The Fun Run helps supports a number of important initiatives, like professional development clinics for coaches that improve their skills as coaches and mentors, leadership seminars for our athletes, and hardware and software for our athletic trainers to help support the health of our athletes,” says Jeff Gannon, Assistant Principal, Athletics and Activities for Montclair High School. “Our gratitude for the organizers and volunteers of the Fun Run is boundless. Their selflessness is what helps us create valued experiences for the students-athletes.” Continue Reading

YMCA of Montclair Family Day! 9/18

Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 7:39am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy family

The YMCA of Montclair Family Day is September 18, 12-4 p.m. Tour either branch and enjoy a jam-packed day filled with free activities including Arts & Crafts (ages 6 months-6 years), Merry Music Makers (ages 6 months-6 years) and Creative Movement (ages 2-4) at their Geyer Family Branch. The Park Street Branch offers cycling for adults and kids (ages 7+), cardio kick boxing (ages 13+), family yoga (ages 6+) and more. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Art, Comics, Curious George, Peppa Pig and More!

BY  |  Friday, Sep 16, 2016 1:20pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here again! We’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in the area.


East Side Mags (7 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair) will be celebrating Batman Day with a full line up of events on Saturday. Fernando Ruiz (artist for Archie Comics and Die Kitty Die) and Charles Paul Wilson III (artist for Stuff of Legend and TMNT) will be in store sketching for customers from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Take a picture with Harley Quinn. Come in costume and be entered in the costume contest with a grand prize of a $50 gift certificate. East Side Mags is open from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturdays.

stickleyThe Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (2352 Route 10 West, Parsippany) will host its Annual Fall Family Day on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy hayrides, pumpkin painting, games and races, handcraft demonstrations like woodworking, embroidery, and pottery, scavenger hunts, craft activities, and more! Attendees are welcome to stroll through the museum Open House. Admission is $5 for member children, $7 for non-member children, free for adults accompanying children, $7 for adults without children.

curious-georgeAlso on Saturday, visit Barnes & Noble (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) for a special Curious George story time at 11:00 AM. This event marks the 75th birthday of this beloved monkey! Enjoy a story, then participate in the activities to follow. At the same store, you can also celebrate Batman Day at 2:00 PM. This event will include activities, trivia, coloring and much more! Cosplay welcome! Continue Reading

Reminder! Buzz Aldrin Is In Montclair Tomorrow, Friday, September 16

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

class=”” src=”” alt=”Reminder! Buzz Aldrin Is In Montclair Tomorrow, Friday, September 16″ width=”409″ height=”278″ class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-244337″ />Mt. Hebron Middle School will be renamed officially for Montclair’s own man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, on Friday, September 16th, and the astronaut will make several stops around town and celebrate with two great events open to the public.

The official dedication of Buzz Aldrin Middle School will take place at 9:30 a.m. on the front steps of the school. Buzz Aldrin will be there, along with visiting officials and dignitaries. The event is free and open to all. (There will also be an in-school assembly for BAMS students and faculty only, in the morning just before the dedication.)

Because of the dedication, Bellevue Avenue between Norwood Avenue and Park Street will be closed between 8 a.m. and noon.

That evening there will be a dedication celebration, Party on the Moon…Like It’s 1969, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club, 26 Northview Avenue. Buzz Aldrin will make a special appearance at 8 p.m.

This out-of-this-world fundraising party will feature fabulous food, an open beer/wine bar, a DJ and auctions. It is open to adults only. Come in casual attire, or wear your best red, white and blue! Tickets are $50 a person and are available here.

Funds raised will go towards school STEM programs. If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation, you can do so by check. Mail to Buzz Aldrin Dedication, care of MFEE, 100 Chestnut Street, Montclair NJ 07042. Please write Buzz Aldrin Dedication in the memo field.

After the dedication, but before the party, Buzz Aldrin will visit Hackensack UMC Mountainside Hospital, where he was born in 1930. The Hospital has just announced a new STEM Partnership with the school district. He will get a private tour of the hospital’s newly revamped OB-GYM Department.

For the latest information, please visit and like the Buzz Dedication Facebook page.

Montclair Unites To Rally Against Proposed Charter School

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The rally against a proposed charter school started with a student band entertaining the crowd, but soon after the rally was underway, and as Interim Schools Superintendent Ronald Bolandi spoke on a microphone, a loud thunderclap burst out directly overhead, causing everyone to run for cover into the high school auditorium, where the rally continued.

Goats, a student band from Montclair High School, entertained the crowd before the rally. Photo: Jessica de Koninck

Goats, a student band from Montclair High School, entertained the crowd before the rally. Photo: Jessica de Koninck

In his opening remarks, Superintendent Bolandi said he marveled at the unity among Montclair residents against the Fulbright French-immersion charter school, and he said that he had never witnessed a community who came together in opposition to it in all of his years as an educator.  He said that, ordinarily, many communities are split evenly for or against charter schools, but he said he found no support in Montclair for a charter school.

A Montclair resident objects to the French-immersion charter school at the September 14 anti-charter rally with a sign written in . . . French. "Montclair says NO to the the charter!"

A Montclair resident objects to the French-immersion charter school at the September 14 anti-charter rally with a sign written in . . . French. “Montclair says NO to the the charter!”

“How can you possibly allow a charter school to be in Montclair when there is no group that has come out to support it?”, Superintendent Bolandi asked, re-iterating a question he’d already asked the New Jersey Board of Education.  “And we just got to keep on going.” Continue Reading

Reminder: Picnic/Rally To Support Montclair Public Schools and Oppose Charter TODAY, 9/14

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 7:02am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Board of Education invites families and community members to a rally on today (Wed., Sept. 14) at the Montclair High School amphitheater (corner of Park & Chestnut Streets), 4:30-6 p.m. to celebrate the Montclair Public Schools and to protest the proposed Montclair Charter School. If it rains, the rally will be held in the high school auditorium.

Bring a picnic basket or snack, come dressed in your favorite school spirit wear and participate in this unique opportunity for the community to gather together as one to express our concerns over the proposed school.

Reminder: Picnic/Rally To Support Montclair Public Schools and Oppose Charter Today, 9/14

Speakers will include Senator Nia Gill, Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver and Freeholder Brendan Gill along with Mayor Robert Jackson and members of the Montclair Township Council. Superintendent Ron Bolandi will be the emcee.

There will be music and art performances and local politicians will be on hand showing their support to keep Montclair Public Schools strong.

The rally is an opportunity to celebrate Montclair’s fine public schools at the start of the school year and to oppose the establishment of a French immersion charter school which will have the effect of siphoning off two to five million dollars from the school district’s budget and adversely impact the racial diversity of the school district.

The Superintendent and the Board in a series of letters to Commissioner Hespe have detailed their objections to the proposed charter school which will take millions of dollars away from the daily operation of district programs and undermine the district’s long-standing desegregation plan and magnet schools.

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